The past six months have been filled with so many life changes, adjustments, and completely pushing myself out of my comfort zone. From graduating college to getting engaged, to getting my first full-time job… there have been so many ups and downs that have come with all of these truly wonderful things. I have been having to teach myself how to push through my social anxiety each and every day, I’ve been learning how to cook and bake, pushing myself at the gym… and most importantly, pushing myself on how to accept who I am and stop nitpicking every tiny thing I think is an imperfection. Growing up is all about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to achieve the things you never imagined you could.
For as long as I’ve been dating, my meal to impress was grilled cheese and tomato soup… yep, you read that right. While I do make a BOMB grilled cheese, that was pretty much the only thing I knew how to make. For years my mom has been worrying about the fact that I was going to starve and as graduation crept closer and the idea of moving out began… I started to worry too. “What am I supposed to eat!?” So I took up the challenge to learn a new dish and to start baking (thanks to my inspiration from The Great British Bake-Off). You guys… I made a GOOD pot roast—a pot roast!! I went from slapping down cheese and bread on a skillet to making a deliciously warm and cozy meal for my entire family. This got me thinking… what if I started to treat the other areas of my life with this same gumption?
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” This verse rings so true when I think about a world without my anxiety or nitpicking. Whoa… I’d be fully joyful and confident!? Wow, I would be able to go to parties and spend time with my friends? But here’s the catch—faith is confidence in what we hope for. We have faith in Jesus, we have confidence that He lived and lives, we hope to see Him again one day. If we can feel this strongly about something we have never seen, why can’t we feel strongly that we will overcome the roadblocks that WE have placed in our own way?
It’s all about the baby steps. Let God guide you as you walk from each stone on your path. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Invite a friend to coffee? God’s got you. Make a meal for your family? God’s got you. Ask your boss for a raise? God’s got you. Stand up for what you believe in—even though it isn’t popular? God is there through and through.
No matter what is holding you back from stepping out of the ordinary and embracing your amazingness—banish it. To stretch the metaphor, stop making PB&J for lunch and bring in an amazing salad. You have a lot to offer the world, so don’t hold yourself back. I’ll leave you with this—Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Maybe the world isn’t your problem, but you are your own problem. Don’t give in… push past to get to God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.